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How to use WHERE with DATEPART in MSSQL

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Hi There,

I'd like to pull out records where the day of the week is Friday or Saturday. So I have the following query:

SELECT aId, aStatus
FROM Availability
WHERE DATEPART(weekday,aDate) = 5 OR DATEPART(weekday,aDate) = 6

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I get an error message thus:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e14'

An expression of non-boolean type specified in a context where a condition is expected

Is it possible to use Datepart in this way, and if so, how can I fix this query? If not, what is the best way to achieve the same result?

Thank you,

Dan
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SELECT aId, aStatus
FROM Availability
WHERE DATEPART(weekday,aDate) IN (5,6)
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by:lludden
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The query works fine for me.  You can try putting parenthesis around the conditions, or using IN as suggested above.

Keep in mind that doing a query like that, with calculations on a database field, will always result in a table scan, so performance may be pretty poor if the table is large.  Use a calendar table or an indexed computed field if you need to improve performance.
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by:stressfreewebs
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Thanks...no idea why what I had wasn't working, but as soon as I swapped to this tidier version, it worked a treat!
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